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Monday, January 18, 2021

I remember the day all too well. It was in the late 80’s. I was washing my hands in the lady’s restroom when another woman stepped up, and asked:

“When is it due?” I thought, “When is what due?” .. But when her eyes fixed upon my belly-- I knew. My Twinkie's were showing! And all that I ate in secret--the pizza—the popcorn, you name it! (But as they say--what we eat, we end up wearing!)

I only kidded myself, thinking my blousy shirt was hiding “Only" an extra 20 some pounds conceived by indulging in an assortment this-that-‘n-the other. The picture tells the story.

What I did in secret was telling on me. I wasn’t kidding anyone but myself. emoticon I was a junk food junkie! There is no nice way to put it.

How did I get away with it for so long? I suppose my diligence to exercise, plus I was still younger and had a good metabolism. But the day came when I had to pay the piper!

Hostess twinkies—an occasional maple bar, buttery microwave popcorn, and ice cream cone now and then. Weekend pizza night out, followed by Oreos for dessert. And I’m not going to lie and say, “Well I wasn’t as bad as some!” We were also programmed to step right up for ‘concessions’ before watching a movie! After all, that was tradition!

That was many years ago. The woman’s words stung, but so does a shot in the arm! Yet, both can save my life—so I swallowed hard—(the truth-not junk) and bit the bullet! To add insult to injury came the comment by my oldest daughter

"Mom! You have always been so trim and fit—what is going on?” (my twinkies were showing and i was the only one who did not seem to notice!

I am glad my daughter administered a dose of Tough love to help me snap out of it and turn things around. I hated what I saw in the mirror but had no one to blame but myself and my out-of-control cravings! (I gave them an inch and they took a mile!)

My husband and I started with an ‘Elimination diet.” .... emoticon Disposing of everything seen in this picture and not bringing it home again! Instead we got back to the basics of eating healthy, in moderation, exercising, and watched the pounds began to disappear!

Farewell Twinkies and friends! We are forever done!

The Bonus is—In February I will celebrate nine years in Sparks! I was so happy when a friend invited me to join! Sparks has made the journey so much easier to get on track and stay there. Plus meeting so many people on the same trail—we are in great company!...the flame will never die, or the spark go out as long as spark people are here! And supporting friends like YOU!

.......:::: emoticon Thanks for reading and have a great day!... emoticon
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    Love the phrase "the twinkies were showing". Your story is so true!
    92 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Yes, I have heard those same words. You have done so well. So happy that you found Spark. There are so many benefits to this website. Hugs to you, Jan.
    92 days ago
  • AURA18
    Those were the days my friend. Yes, Sparks is good company to share our stories
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    emoticon Fill fridge and pantry with healthy foods and there will be no room for junk food.

    My junk in the trunk was Mountain Dew, Big Mac, and Cheetos - sounds yucky!
    Healthy swaps are veggie green drinks, lean protein and shrimp looks like Cheetos emoticon emoticon
    92 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2021 6:36:06 PM
  • HOLLYM48
    Great blog, great reminder that we are only kidding ourselves when eating without thought! So glad I found spark people all those years ago and so glad for all of my beloved friends here that keep me on the right spark trail! Happy Monday!
    92 days ago
    been there done that
    s made about my fat body wore a bra today for funeral and thought I would die emoticon emoticon
    92 days ago
    How can a 2 pound bag of Peanut M&Ms actual weigh 10 pounds on my body???
    92 days ago
    92 days ago
    Super blog!! It's amazing that we think we can eat junk "in secret" and nobody will ever know!! But, of course, if we eat it we "wear" it.
    92 days ago
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    92 days ago
    I can’t blame junk food per se for my extra pounds, just extra food and drink...
    92 days ago
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  • KURTZIE1998
    Thank you for sharing, words from strangers have a way of waking us up, I had a similar experience but different. I had our 3rd child, she was about 6 months old and my son's friend (they were 10 yrs old) and paying across the street and I was working in the yard and he said to David is your mom going to have another baby? It shocked me and sorta hurt my feelings because I realized how fat I must look ad so I took my blinders off and went to work. Again, great blog and thanks for sharing, you bring back many stories and memories of my own and I can see how far I have come
    92 days ago
    Your blogs are always spot on ! I saw myself in that maple bar ! Thank you fr another wonderful reminder to stay on the straight and narrow!
    92 days ago
    Love the blog, Jan! Thanks for the reminder(s) always! I'm one of those that can't have ANYTHING like that in the house or around me without freaking out. I'm totally all over it. Can't seem to help myself. Also, a reason why I hate going shopping by myself. emoticon
    92 days ago
    That could have been me, especially since I was married to the "junk food king of the world"
    I had to make my changes alone although he did eventually get the message to become the stealth sparker.

    That junk food still does call to me which is why with a few "not so bad" exceptions, I don't have any in the house.

    Just look at us now with Spark and spark friends for motivation
    Great blog!
    92 days ago
    I like my treats. I do small portions of them, for if I cut them totally out I feel that I am depriving myself of the simple pleasures. I make sure I allow room for these extras and exercise I tad more on the days that I treat myself.
    92 days ago
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  • NANCY-
    Ah yes paying the piper! I'm still doing that. I had to look up what Maple Bars were, never heard of them, found out it is more of a West Coast thing, but not something I wish to experience. My fondness is for Boston Cream doughnuts. (swoon) The good news is I am a snob and only the best will do, therefor a specials trip is necessary, which rarely happens, thank heavens.
    92 days ago
    You're amazing! I will never cut out the junk completely but I sure can limit it. It's easier when hubby is not bugging for junk or talking about it. Have a great day.
    92 days ago
    emoticon AND so wonderful you found, Spark Land, too! It is fun to share in health, right? On every aspect of our life's journey! emoticon
    92 days ago
    Love your story
    92 days ago
  • DEE797
    emoticon Thanks for the reminder to kick the junk to the curb. This craziness has me showing my “twinkies” and I’m feeling the added burden.
    92 days ago
    My banana bread is showing, Jan emoticon
    92 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I hate when that happens. Wake up call! You've done a emoticon
    92 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I won't lie I still love junk food, and unfortunately I participate with it much too often. It's called the yo-yo syndrome for me.

    I working on getting better, making it a priority right now and have kept it up. No more excuses, this is just got to be the way it is. I'm not doing myself any favors by not eating healthy. Can't blame the pandemic, can't blame my hubby, it's me and the soon I realize the truth, the healthier I will get.
    92 days ago
    Great blog Jan. You really hit the nail on the head with your story "Your Twinkies are showing". It brought tears to my eyes because it is exactly MY story and the story of so many others. I truly believe that carbohydrates are addictive and I regard myself as an carb addict. I have a loving family but none of them had the courage like your daughter to ever mentions or help me with my weight. It has been an ongoing battle I fight alone - not anyone else fault - but it would have been or still would be nice to have family on board for support. Thanks again.
    92 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2021 3:42:30 PM
  • JERICHO1991
    Thanks for sharing. Still working to get my indulgences under control.
    92 days ago
    Yes! We always think we are hiding our addictions, but the body and our actions speak the truth and betray our denial and self deception. Honest, self evaluation, and course correction are so freeing. Thank you, as always, for sharing!
    92 days ago
    So true... that what we do in private will be visible to the public in short order when it comes to overeating and eating junk!
    92 days ago
    I used to love all kinds of junk food but not so much anymore.
    92 days ago
    What a wonderful blog Jan. Thank you for sharing!
    92 days ago
    Nice blog Jan, I had a similar thing happen to me someone asked me when my baby was due emoticon I still enjoyed my junk food a bit longer. emoticon It is so nice you had your husband join you. Mine still eats the old way, he is thin and thinks he can but I will convince him it is unhealthy, even if he does not need to lose weight. I also changed my ways and spark sure helped me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    92 days ago
    Love that phrase! "My Twinkies are showing," 'though we have no Twinkies in Mexico. Lol! Just lots of other stuff! Thanks for the "bite."
    92 days ago
    That first moment is always tough. But this rings true with so many of us. Thank you for helping us all focus. Hugs my friend.
    92 days ago
    Wake-up calls can be really hurtful but may serve a good purpose. Good job on reining in your eating and with being a Sparker.
    92 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    That was so wonderful how your husband did that 'elimination' diet with you and how great you both did! Do you occasionally have a slice of pizza or muffin, etc? I don't think I could completely give up any given food. I really admire what the two of you did together.
    92 days ago
    OH you speak truth!!! What we may THINK we're eating in secret DOES show.

    When I'm getting my grocery list together, I scrutinize it carefully. I do not want to bring into this house those foods which are not healthy for me. If they remain on the shelf, they only tempt me while I'm in that aisle. But if I bring it into the house, the siren song goes on and on till I give in.

    Great blog (as always!)

    92 days ago
    Great reminder....as many others....been there, done that....time to take control again, 1 step at a time.
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    92 days ago
    I don't see the twinkies in the picture. Lol. I must have the best friends and family ever. Nobody once mentioned my 40 pound weight gain. At 55 I was going through menopause and stopped smoking. I just decided to eat whatever I wanted and didn't care. Luckily my attitude changed. I was already into an exercise plan when I found Spark. That was 4 years ago and I keep moving forward. I am slowly getting rid of my Covid 15 to get back to my original goal weight. Loving the Spark lifestyle journey! It is forever!
    92 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Excellent blog Jan, so easy to understand as many of us have been there too! Glad you have been on Sparks for 9 Years, probably a similar length to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    92 days ago
    I was always on the "heavy" side. At one point in my childhood I was putting on 10 pounds for each year of age. Man, am I glad that stopped. I am now at the weight I was at the day I married some 40+ years ago. This is my "set-point" as It seems to be where I naturally want to stay. emoticon emoticon
    92 days ago
    Great blog, great insight emoticon
    I love your blogs.

    stay safe emoticon
    92 days ago
    Love your blog. You did so well to tackle the problem before it became a massive obesity problem. My wake up call should have been when my then 4 yr old asked me why had boobs on my back! In actual fact, it was, and I lost 120 pounds only to fall back into my chocolate habit again. I wish I'd managed to maintain and control like you. That's what I'll be working on this time. emoticon
    92 days ago
    Thanks for sharing Jan. I think when I was younger and raising the kids we pretty much ate healthy and were very active with them. After they went off to college i would on occasion have treats and eat with friends and not think how the food would make me gain......When I finally saw the change I started to track and exercise more on my own....that really helped......then when I was working they always had donut day and birthday lunches, etc.....at first I joined in and then again realized I need to cut back on that. I would then bring in my greek yogurt or fruit for snack time......I decided not to do what most of them did.....Said I was full at times when they tried to coax me into having the sweets.....WW was my first encounter with a good program and my mom and I went and we both lost 25 pounds......then I maintained and when I stuck to the program I did well. Been enjoying the healthy approach with Spark people and also did WW and myfitnesspal.......
    all of them helped me.....Spark does have the BEST Motivation I feel and I am glad I have continued to be on it for years...... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks again Jan for the good reminders and the great blog.....hugs, Ei
    92 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2021 9:37:39 AM
  • JULIEA7201
    Love to hear the story! Mine was also different as this has been a struggle my entire life and I had already begun my journey prior to finding Spark People, in a work email 😁 ❤SP for the same reasons you do!!
    92 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    Awesome illustration with pictures that gets to the heart of all of all of us to eliminate things that set us back regarding not only our health but everything that would make our lives harder to reach our goals.... Super blog 2B.
    92 days ago
    LOVE your Blog - but mine is a little different - 44 years ago when pregnant with DD I worked at hospital and some would think since I was already heavy I was just fatter - never knew I was even pregnant! They did give me a very nice baby shower & surprised me!!
    92 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2021 9:18:56 AM
    I believe that I would never be where I am today without Sparkpeople. The tools and support have made the difference for me. emoticon
    92 days ago
    Sometimes the reality checks hit hard.

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    92 days ago
  • HUBBARD9644
    I too was trim at one time. I let myself go for many years. I used to say, "I was thin until I had my last child and I couldn't seem to lose the weight." He is now 38 years old and my excuse is no longer valid. Food addiction is a hard cycle to break. I love to bake, cook and eat. I am adjusting my lifestyle change as I go. My hubby doesn't like the healthier cooking methods. He humors me. This will be an ongoing battle which I will win.
    Thank you for sharing ! emoticon
    92 days ago
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